Guardian vote names Messi the best soccer player in the world

Employing a panel of 123 judges from 49 countries who took into account only form and achievements over the last year and cast their votes in a secret ballot, Guardian Football has revealed that Lionel Messi is once again the Best Player in the World:

“Lionel Messi is reinstalled as the scampering little twinkle-toed inside-forward at the top of the Guardian tree, moving up one space from No2 in 2014and doing so with an extraordinary swing of the vote, 74% of our judges giving him top spot. Understandably so too. After a disappointing World Cup and a sense that injury and weariness had taken its toll, Messi’s 2014-15 season was both a genuine, through-the-roof return to form, and evidence of his ability to adapt to a slightly different but equally devastating role as a mature creative footballer in a team overloaded at its front end with attacking talent.”

We really like the Guardian people and value their approach to covering football. They are legit. And therefore – Cristiano fans take note – the Messi vote is legit too.

Cristiano did not even finish second, that spot going to Messi’s Barca buddy, Luis Suarez. Cristiano had to settle for third, just ahead of the final one-third of Barca’s deadly attack trident: Neymar Jr.

Check out > the complete Guardian list of the 100 best footballers in the world.

But before you leave, vote in our poll for the 2015-16 season, which of course is not yet complete at the time of this posting…

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